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Poll: Most Idahoans support term limits for Congress
Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
It’s rare that you find this: 78 percent of Idahoans favor a congressional action. But that super-majority stands behind U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador’s attempt to amend the U.S. Constitution placing a 12-year term limit on House and Senate members, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds. The chance that the GOP-controlled Congress will actually pass...

Guest Opinion: Trump’s first 100 days
Congressman Raul Labrador
As you may know, last Saturday was President Trump’s 100th day in office, and while the media has a habit of overhyping the 100-day mark in a new President’s term, it does provide a good opportunity to reflect on the pace of the President’s accomplishments and his commitment to keeping his promises. Overall, I am happy with President Trump’s...

GOP candidates not fearing probable run by Yates
Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
A month ago, I wrote a column – just one little column – and what happens? Out goes David Johnston, the executive director of the Idaho Republican Party. Then, Idaho GOP Chairman Steve Yates follows Johnston out the door a week after that. Yates says the column, based on an interview with him about his interest in running for lieutenant...

Idaho to be ground zero for fight over fake news
Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The phrase “fake news” has entered the national lexicon over the past year. A Twin Falls jury will have the opportunity to decide whether spreading fake news should have real consequences. Last Monday, the Boise law firm of Givens Pursley, LLP, walked into the court clerk’s office in Twin Falls County and paid $221 dollars to file a complaint....

Guest opinion: Loose rules of engagement can harm U.S. interests
Jim Jones
It appears that the rules of engagement in Syria and Iraq have been loosened in the last couple of months. That is, air and artillery strikes can be conducted with less consideration of the possibility of harm to civilians and allied forces. Military spokesmen have been less than forthcoming as to whether the increasing number of civilian...

Press release: Ricker Joins Zions Bank as community development manager
Press Release
BOISE, Idaho — Bryan Ricker has joined Zions Bank as a Community Development Manager. In this role, Ricker will work with federal, state, county and local governments, as well as active duty military, guard, reserve and veteran communities in Idaho. Prior to joining Zions Bank, Ricker served as the Regional Director for U.S. Senator Mike Crapo...

Poll: Idahoans oppose accepting more Middle Eastern refugess
Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Most Idahoans don’t want to accept more refugees from the Middle East, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows. And they are split over whether GOP President Donald Trump’s efforts in limiting immigration to the U.S. will help or hurt Idaho’s economy. Pollster Dan Jones & Associates asked the questions in a recent survey – and there are two...

Loose ends: Food tax, population bomb, Article V
LaVarr Webb, Publisher
Expect cuts in federal funding. Here’s another good reason it made sense for Gov. Butch Otter to veto the repeal of the state sales tax on food: Idaho, along with other states, is going to need to get used to less federal money and rely more on internal tax revenues. While Idaho’s economy is strong, the nation’s economic climate is fragile, and...

Political Calendar Highlights

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Congressman Raul Labrador Town Hall
When: Monday, Apr 24, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Mission Aviation Fellowship, 112 N Pilatus Ln, Nampa, ID

U.S. Navy Report with Rear Admiral Michael Dumont
When: Wednesday, Apr 26, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, 250 S. 5th St., Boise, ID
Admiral Dumont will provide overall remarks on what the Navy is doing currently and how the protection of sea lanes and commerce is important to the nation, including Idaho. Free to attend, $10 lunch optional. More info.

Idaho Women in Leadership Public Service Leadership Training
When: Thursday April 27 to Saturday April 29
Where: Boise, ID
Idaho Women in Leadership offers a public service leadership training to teach women about the legislative process, how to become an informed voice and advocate and run for an elected position. Curriculum will cover positioning oneself for elected office, navigating the political party structure, media training, the nuts and bolts of organizing a campaign, fundraising, mobilizing voters, and crafting a message
. More info.

Jerome County Lincoln Day Breakfast
When: Saturday, Apr 29, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Senior Citizen Center, 520 N Lincoln Ave, Jerome, ID
Keynote Speaker: Brad Little. 9 a.m. breakfast served, 10 a.m. program begins. Tickets $20

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Idaho Headlines

Signatures for Idaho medical marijuana petition encouraged at Hemp Fest (Moscow-Pullman Daily News)

Editorial: Time for leadership, time for new path through INL nuke research stalemate (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho farm groups advance Bangerter for Ag forest post (Idaho Statesman)

‘Calculated’ risk: Otter backs Army Corps decision to keep Boise River flows steady (Idaho Statesman)

Boise lawmaker Rubel recovering from serious burns in kitchen accident (Idaho Statesman)

Labrador’s 3-hour town hall in Meridian: ‘It’s always good when people are energized’ (Idaho Statesman)

Trump signs flood disaster declaration to fix Magic Valley roads (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: It's Labrador's race to lose - but lose it he could (Lewiston Tribune)

Mapping Project Focuses On Treasure Valley Farmland Loss (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Unemployment Ticks Down In March (Boise State Public Radio)

Concerns over Trump administration dominate Labrador town hall in Meridian (Press-Tribune)

New Idaho law allows use of surplus water without right (Capital Press)

Poll shows significant support for farmland preservation in Idaho (Capital Press)

Coeur d’Alene and Boise are among the country’s fastest-growing metros (Idaho Business Review)

Harvard professor: Stop incentivizing out-of-state companies and build up Idaho ones (Idaho Business Review)

2018 campaign for governor starts now (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Report details problems in teacher 'leadership premium' payments (Idaho Education News)

Congressman Labrador Meridian town hall (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines